Over 37 artists with ties to Maine have created wooden paddle art for Trekkers’ Paddle Art Auction on July 13. The event will be held at Watts Hall in Thomaston from 6-8pm and feature live music and hors d’oeuvres. The paddle art auction project, which began in January, was inspired and coordinated by local artists Otty Merrill and Jenifer Mumford, both of whom have paddles up for bid! Industries Manager Ken Lindsey at the Maine State Prison Showroom produced the wooden paddles for this unique fundraising project.
In addition to being the perfect memento of a summer in Maine, these collectible paddles make wonderful gifts for family members and friends, including birthday presents, special occasion and Christmas gifts. Each paddle is a unique representation of the artist’s individual styles. With paddles comprised of collage, fabric, paint, ink, metal, wood, rope and other media (including glow in the dark), there is something for everyone. The paddles can be viewed online at www.trekkers.org or at the Maine Lighthouse Museum on 1 Park Drive in Rockland from July 1-12. “This is an amazing opportunity to purchase an original, one of kind work of art and support an original, one of a kind program,” says Amie Hutchison, Trekkers Executive Director.
The artists include Kate Braestrup, a community minister, law enforcement chaplain and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here If You Need Me whose son, Peter, was part of the Trekkers program; American artist Greg Mort, who is widely recognized as a leading influence in contemporary art with a fascination with space and the universe weaving itself through his paintings; and Millennium artist Jon Mort, a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design who is known for his startlingly realistic graphite images and is a highly sought after portrait artist. A paddle has also been created by Björn Runquist, a painter who was featured in Maine Home & Design in April 2010 as one of Maine’s 60 artists “to collect now, while you can”. Also participating in the project is Trekkers’ student and Board member, Jenny Carter. Biographies of each artist will be available online at www.trekkers.org
The auction will take place on July 13 from 6-8pm at Watts Hall, located at 174 Main Street in Thomaston. Tickets are $10 each. These beautiful canoe paddles will be bid on during the evening in a silent auction format, with tables of paddles closing throughout the evening. There will be music by The Angela Anderson & Mike Whitehead Duet, along with beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. There is a minimum bid of $100 on each paddle. Absentee bidding is available and the absentee bid form is on the Trekkers website, www.trekkers.org. Absentee bids must be received by 12 noon on Friday, July 8.
The artists participating in this project include:
: Angela Anderson, Annie Bailey, Geoff Bladon & HC, David Blanchard, (Elizabeth) Kate Braestrup, Wendy Carr, Kathleen A. Fox & David S. Talley, Jonathan Frost, Anne Goodale, Lily Hamill, Ann Hritz, Alexis Iammarino, Kris Johnson, Lydia Kaeyer, Steve Lindsay, Otty Merrill, Sandra Mason Dickson, Greg Mort, Jon Mort, Chris Moses, Jenifer Mumford, Patsy Munger, Sylvia Murdock, DiTa Ondek, Jordan Parks, George Pearlman, Claire Perry, Mimo Gordon Riley, Jeffrey Rollins, Bjorn Runquist, Marnie Sinclair, Barbara Sullivan, Sarah Tannebring, Greta Van Campen, Thomas Whiting and Amy Williams.
For more information about the Paddle Art Auction, go to www.trekkers.org; the Facebook event page for Trekkers Paddle Art Auction; or contact the Trekkers office (207) 594-5095. Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 7th through 12th grade students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.